Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) opener Venkatesh Iyer, who hit match-winning 41 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in his debut IPL match, shined in his second match as well to bring up his maiden fifty in the cash-rich league. Iyer hit 30-ball 53 to put his team on cusp of victory.
The 26-year-old, who was bought by KKR at his base price of Rs 20 lakh, has grabbed the opportunity with both his hands after warming the bench during the India leg of the IPL 2021.
Chasing a total of 93 against RCB on Monday, the opening pair of Iyer and Shubman Gill finished things off in just 10 overs, with the former maintaining a strike rate of 151.85. Venkatesh Iyer represents Madhya Pradesh in domestic cricket and has a strike rate of 138.33 in T20s.
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Venkatesh Iyer what a knock! pic.twitter.com/Ei5bYkZzjR
— sadz (@zaaliima__) September 23, 2021
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Venkatesh Iyer - best Iyer in IPL— Phoenix 1007 (@1007Phoenix) September 23, 2021
Rahul Tripathi - best Rahul in IPL.
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Venkatesh Iyer a different product... Fearless, aggressive & strong cricketer... #IPL2021— Prabhakaran (@jprabhu99) September 23, 2021
#MIvsKKR #KKRvMI— joaquin phoenix (@LuvhrtzzA) September 23, 2021
Looks like Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen have found Brendon McCullum's guru mantra in the second phase of IPL. 🤣🤣
Venkatesh Iyer is a serious Talent.
And Rahul Tripathi played an amazing knock.
WHAT A PLAYER